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Setsuo Miyazawa, UC Hastings College of the Law
Setsuo Miyazawa is Senior Professor of Law at UC Hastings College of the Law and Professor of Law at Aoyama Gakuin University Law School. He received Ph.D. in sociology from Yale and S.J.D. from Hokkaido University. He held full-time positions at Hokkaido, Kobe University, Waseda University, and Omiya Law School before joining Aoyama Gakuin in 2007. He also held visiting positions at ten North American law schools including Harvard, UC Berkeley, and NYU before joining UC Hastings as a full-time faculty in 2013. He has extremely broad research interests, including criminal justice, legal education and legal profession, courts, and corporate legal practice. He was widely known as a major proponent of progressive positions on many issues in justice system reform in Japan in the late 1990s through 2000s. He has been active in international academic associations for almost 40 years: he received the Distinguished Book Award from the Division of International Criminology of the American Society of Criminology in 1993 and the International Prize from the Law & Society Association in 2014, and co-founded CRN33 in the LSA, the Section of East Asian Law & Society in the Association of American Law Schools, and the Asian Law & Society Association.
Hiroshi Fukurai, University of California, Santa Cruz
Hiroshi Fukurai is Professor of Legal Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He won the UCSC's Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity in 2014 and the Service Recognition Award in 2015. He was nominated for Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012 and selected as the Favorite Faculty Member by Stevenson College graduating students in 2013. His expertise includes citizen participation in the justice system, international law, race and inequality, East Asian law and politics, and military and justice.
He has more than 100 publications including scholarly articles, law reviews, op-ed pieces, magazine articles, and books. His seven books are indicative of his commitment to adjudicative justice and equality in law; Nuclear Tsunami: Japanese Government and American Role in Fukushima Disaster (2015); Japan and Civil Jury Trials: The Convergence of Forces (2015); Race in the Jury Box: Affirmative Action in Jury Selection (2003), Anatomy of the McMartin Child Molestation Case (2001), Race and the Jury: Racial Disenfranchisement and the Search for Justice (1993, Gustavus Meyers Human Rights Award), and Common Destiny: Japan and the U.S. in the Global Age (1990).
He was voted into a LSA Board of Trustee in 2010 and is an inaugural member of the new Asian Law and Society Association (2015) and on the editorial board of its journal, Asian Journal of Law & Society (Cambridge U. Press).
Weidong Ji, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Ji Weidong is Dean and Presiding Chair Professor of KoGuan Law School, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, since 2008.
Prior to joining SJTU, he was a professor of Graduate School of Law, Kobe University, Japan, and also worked as a visiting scholar, Stanford Law School, 1991-92; Board Member Co-opted of Research Committee on Sociology of Law, The International Sociological Association, 1994-2002; Member of Council of the Japanese Association of Sociology of Law, Japan, 1999-2011; Researcher and Member of Planning Committee, International Institute of Advanced Studies, Japan, 2006-2009; Fellow of the Virtual Center for Advanced Studies in Institution, the Tokyo Foundation, Japan, since 2007; Senior Research Fellow of the Department of Public Policy, China’s Research Committee Economic System Reform, China, since 2008; the Director of the Law and Society Center of SJTU, China since 2009; Member of Shanghai Administrative Reconsideration Committee, since 2011; Board Member of Shanghai Arbitration Commission, since 2011; Vice Chairman of the Guiding Committee of Legal Education, the Ministry of Education, China since 2013; Chairman of Shanghai Law and Society Association, since 2014; Co-Editors-in-Chief of Asian Journal of Law and Society, since 2014; Editor-in-Chief of Series for Rule of Law in China, Member of Global Agenda Council on Justice, World Economic Forum, since 2014, Member of China Education 30 Forum, since 2015.
He has studied legal culture, law and social change in Asia, focusing constitutional law, judicial reform as well as legal profession. He is the author of many articles and books about legal theory and practice related to China, including: A Hypermodern Law (Kyoto: Minerva Press, 1999), Constructing Rule of Law (Beijing: China University of Law and Political Sciences Press, 1999), Legal Change in Modern China (Tokyo: Japan Review Press, 2001), New Views on Constitutionalism (Beijing: Peking University Press, 2002, enlarged edition, 2005),The Composition of Chinese Judicial System (Tokyo: Yuhikaku Press, 2004), Orbit of Thinking Justice (Beijing: Law Press, 2007), At Critical Point of Order and Chaos (Beijing: Law Press, 2008), Switching the Institutions (Hangzhou: Zhejiang University Press, 2009), Rule of Law in Perspective (Beijing: Law Press, 2012), Great Transformation and Rule of Law in China (Beijing: Peking University Press, 2013), The Rule of Law, Order and Its Making (The Commercial Press, enlarged edition, 2014) ; The Road to The Rule of Law: Social Diversity and Authority System (Beijing: Law Press, 2014); Rule of Law in China (Beijing: CITIC Press, 2014), etc.
Kay-Wah Chan, Macquarie University
I am a senior lecturer in law in the Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance, Macquarie university, Australia. My research focus is on East Asian law and society, particularly Japanese legal and quasi-legal professions. I am very enthusiastic in promoting research on East Asian law and society. In 2007, together with Professor Setsuo Miyazawa (Aoyama Gakuin University) and Professor Yoshitaka Wada (Waseda University), I co-organized/co-founded the Collaborative Research Network East Asian Law and Society (CRN33) in the Law and Society Association. I have been serving as one of the Executive Committee members of the Planning Committee of CRN33 since the establishment of the Executive Committee. I was the co-chair of the Conference Planning Committee of the Inaugural East Asian Law and Society Conference (Hong Kong; 2010) and was a member of the Program Committee of the Second East Asian Law and Society Conference (Seoul, South Korea; 2011). I am now also serving as a member of the Interim Board of Trustees of the Asian Law and Society Association and as the Chair of the Program Committee of this Interim Board. I also serve as a member in the Editorial Board of the Asian Journal of Law and Society.
Wen Chen Chang, National Taiwan University
Professor Wen-Chen CHANG, received a LLB (National Taiwan University) in 1992, a LLM (National Taiwan University) in 1995, a LLM (Yale Law School) in 1998, and a JSD (Yale Law School) in 2001. She is currently a Professor at the College of Law, National Taiwan University and a Director of Public Law Center. Professor Chang is a leading scholar of constitutional law in Taiwan and has published major works on comparative constitutional law, including Asian Courts in Context, with Jiunn-rong Yeh (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and Constitutionalism in Asia: Cases and Materials, with Kevin YL Tan, Li-ann Thio & Jiunn-rong Yeh (Hart Publishing, 2014). Her teaching and research interests lie in comparative constitutions, international human rights, international environmental law, administrative laws, and law and society. She has served in editorial boards for leading academic journals including International Journal of Constitutional Law, Asian Journal of Comparative Law, and National Taiwan University Law Review. She was awarded with Junior Research Investigators Award by Academic Sinica in 2012, Wu Ta-Tou Research Award by National Science Council in 2010, and Excellence in Teaching Award by National Taiwan University in 2007.
Lynette J. Chua, National University of Singapore
Dr. Lynette J. Chua is assistant professor of law at the National University of Singapore. She is a law and society scholar with research interests in law and social change, and law and social movements. She is conducting fieldwork and writing on the emergence of sexual minority rights mobilization in Myanmar at a time of political transition. She has also conducted an ethnographic study of Singapore's gay and lesbian movement to analyze the emergence, development, and strategies and tactics of the movement, and explore the complex role of law and meanings of rights. Her book, Mobilizing Gay Singapore: Rights and Resistance in an Authoritarian State, received the 2015 Distinguished Book Award from the Sociology of Law Section of the American Sociological Association. Her work is also published in Law and Society Review, Human Rights Quarterly, and the Asian Journal of Law and Society.
Dr. Chua is coordinating a Southeast Asian law and society research initiative under which she has co-organized two workshops. She has served as a guest editor for the Asian Journal of Law and Society's special issue on state and personhood in Southeast Asia. She is a member of the ALSA Interim Board of Trustees and the 2016 local committee for the inaugural ALSA conference at the National University of Singapore. In addition, she has served on the 2015 programming committee of the Law & Society Association annual meeting, and the international prize and international activities committees in previous years.
David M. Engel, State University of New York at Buffalo
David Engel studies law, culture, and society in America and Thailand, where he has lived, worked, and taught for many years. His book, Tort, Custom, and Karma: Globalization and Legal Consciousness in Thailand, examines the effects of global transformations on Thailand’s legal culture, and received the runner-up award for the Jacobs Prize of the Law and Society Association. Engel is completing a book for the University of Chicago Press explaining injury victims’ preference for lumping: The Myth of the Litigious Society: Why We Don’t Sue.
Engel lectures at the Chiang Mai University Law School and at other Asian legal institutions. Since 1991, he has participated in numerous efforts to promote law and society research in Southeast Asia and has helped to organize conferences at Chiang Mai University in Thailand and the National University of Singapore. He serves as an Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Journal of Law and Society and is a member of ALSA’s Interim Board of Trustees.
Engel is SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is a former President of the Law & Society Association, and has served as trustee and program chair of the LSA on several occasions.
Eric Feldman, University of Pennsylvania
Eric Feldman’s expertise is in Japanese law, comparative public health law, torts, and law and society. His books and articles explore the comparative dimensions of rights, dispute resolution, and legal culture, often in the context of urgent policy issues including the regulation of smoking, HIV/AIDS, and natural and nuclear disasters. Feldman has twice been a Fulbright Scholar in Japan and has received grants and fellowships from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the American Bar Association, the National Science Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council, among others. He is the author or editor of books published by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Harvard University Press, and his articles have appeared in journals including the California Law Review, Law in Japan, American Journal of Comparative Law, Los Angeles Times, Social and Legal Studies, Hastings Center Report, Lancet, Law and Society Review, and the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Daniel Foote, University of Tokyo & University of Wasington
After twelve years on the faculty of the University of Washington (UW) School of Law, in 2000 Foote became the first non-Asian tenured professor at The University of Tokyo (UTokyo) Faculty of Law, where he holds the post in Sociology of Law. Through a joint professorship, for the past two years Foote has combined positions at UTokyo and UW, where he also serves as Co-Director of the Asian Law Center.
Foote is a leading scholar on Japanese law and society. Individually or jointly, he has authored or edited eight books and over 75 articles and book chapters on Japanese and comparative law, including many works in Japanese. Major research interests include the legal profession, judiciary, criminal justice, legal education, dispute resolution, justice system reform, legal implications of the 2011 disaster, and employment law.
Foote also has an extensive record of public service. He serves or has served on numerous government, professional and academic councils and committees, including several committees related to legal education reform; Citizens’ Council, Japan Federation of Bar Associations; Roundtable Discussion Group on Criminal Justice Policy, convened by the Public Prosecutor General of Japan; Japan-U.S. Educational Commission (which oversees the Fulbright program in Japan); Board of Governors, Japan Commercial Arbitration Association; and Boards of Directors for the Japanese Association for Sociology of Law and Japanese-American Society for Legal Studies.
Akira Fujimoto, Nagoya University
Akira Fujimoto’s research covers a wide range of socio-legal studies in legal consciousness, lawyers’ career trajectory, legal education, and legal informatics, applying both qualitative and quantitative methods. His studies explore the interaction between socially constructed formal institutions and people’s minds and behaviors. Before being a Nagoya University faculty, he taught in Shizuoka University Law School, Shizuoka, Japan, following a lecturer, then associate professor at Kwassui Women’s College in Nagasaki, Japan. He has been elected as a board member of the Japan Association of Sociology of Law since 2005, where he joined back in 1985. He has been a member of Law and Society Association since 1988 where he served as a committee member of Graduate Student Workshop and a referee for the Law and Society Review from time to time. Also, he attended all of the EALS conferences. His educational background is from both law and sociology, LL.M. and LL.B., and M.S. and B.A. in sociology. Recently, he has been appointed as the President of the PSIM, or Professional Skills Instruction Materials, Consortium, where 32 nationwide law schools join. He is a member of the administration committee of the Japanese LSAT and an external advisory member of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations.
Tom Ginsburg, University of Chicago
Tom Ginsburg is the Deputy Dean and Leo Spitz Professor of International Law at the University of Chicago, where he also holds an appointment in the Political Science Department. He holds B.A., J.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. He currently co-directs the Comparative Constitutions Project, an NSF-funded data set cataloging the world’s constitutions since 1789. His books include The Endurance of National Constitutions (2009) (with Zachary Elkins and James Melton), which won the best book award from Comparative Democratization Section of American Political Science Association; Judicial Review in New Democracies (2003), Administrative Law and Governance in Asia (2008), Rule By Law: The Politics of Courts in Authoritarian Regimes (with Tamir Moustafa, 2008), and Comparative Constitutional Law (with Rosalind Dixon, 2011). He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Before entering law teaching, he served as a legal advisor at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, The Hague, Netherlands, and he has consulted with numerous international development agencies and governments on legal and constitutional reform. He currently serves a senior advisor on Constitution Building to International IDEA.
Andrew Harding, National University of Singapore
Professor Andrew Harding is a leading scholar in the fields of Asian legal studies and comparative constitutional law. He commenced his academic career at NUS before moving to SOAS, University of London, where he became Head of the Law School and Director of the Centre for South East Asian Studies. He joined NUS, as Director of the Centre for Asian Legal Studies and Director of the Asian Law Institute, from the University of Victoria, BC Canada, where he was Professor of Asia-Pacific Legal Relations and Director of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives. Professor Harding has worked extensively on constitutional law in Malaysia and Thailand, and has made extensive contributions to scholarship in comparative law, and law and society, having published 11 books as author or editor. He is co-founding-editor of Hart Publishing's book series 'Constitutional Systems of the World', a major resource for constitutional law in context, and has authored the books on Malaysia and Thailand in that series (2011, 2012).
David T. Johnson, University of Hawaii
Haesook Kim, Long Island University
Takanori Kitamura, Tokai University
Takanori Kitamura is Professor of Law, School of Law, Tokai University, Japan. He graduated from Waseda University and Tokyo Metropolitan University. He teaches courses on Law and Society, and Law and Career Development. His recent research has focused on civil participations in justice, and more particularly on how lay judges and professional judges interact with each other in mixed jury deliberation and other various legal settings such as lawyers’ consultations with their clients, mediation sessions, legal bargaining and negotiations, and also on communications at health-care settings such as care providers-elderly patients. His work investigates legal communications through a detailed examination of video-recorded data and its transcripts as well as of fieldwork data, mainly from an ethonomethodological and conversation analytic perspective. His publications include a co-authored book on Asian legal cultures, and translated books on jury deliberation in the US and patient participation in health care settings. His publications have appeared in Journal of Japanese Law & Society Association, Japanese Journal of Qualitative Psychology, Contemporary Nurse, among others.
Shu-Chin Grace Kuo, National Chung-Cheng University
Chulwoo Lee, Yonsei University
Chulwoo Lee is Professor of Law at Yonsei University Law School in Seoul, South Korea, where teaches sociology of law, citizenship and migration, and related courses. He studied at Seoul National University (LL.B. and LL.M.), Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M.), and the London School of Economics and Political Science (Ph.D.). He held full-time faculty positions at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and Sungkyunkwan University, and taught at the University of Washington School of Law as Garvey Schubert Barer Visiting Professor of Asian Law (2011). His areas of academic interest include law and social theory, social history of law, and citizenship and nationhood. Among his publications are “Hegemony, Contestation, and Empowerment: The Politics of Law and Society Studies in South Korea” (Asian Journal of Law and Society, 2014), “How Can You Say You’re Korean? Law, Governmentality and National Membership in South Korea” (Citizenship Studies, 2012), and the book Nationality and the Law (2010, in Korean, with two co-authors). Chulwoo Lee is President of the Korean Law and Society Association and was Editor-in-Chief of the Korean Journal of Law and Society. He is a member of the Planning Committee of the Law and Society Association’s CRN 33 and played a key role in the Organizing Committee for the Second East Asian Law and Society Conference held in Seoul in 2011.
Jae Hyup Lee, Seoul National University
Jae-Hyup Lee is Professor of Law at Seoul National University. He earned a BA in anthropology at Seoul National University, a PhD in American Civilization at the University of Pennsylvania, and a JD at Northwestern University in Chicago. He is the author of Dynamics of Ethnic Identity: Three Asian American Communities in Philadelphia (RoutlegeCurzon, 1998), and has widely published in both Korean and English in the areas of law and anthropology, law and film, environmental law, legal education and the legal profession. For the past few years, Jae-Hyup has been analyzing shadow jury deliberations in more than 40 actual cases in Korea in connection with Korea’s ongoing jury trial reforms and led a comprehensive empirical survey of Korean lawyers to examine their career trajectories and legal consciousness, similar in concept to the After the JD project. He is currently an Executive Board member of the Korean Law and Society Association, and served an organizing committee member of the 2nd East Asia Law and Society Conference (2011) in Seoul. Jae-Hyup also served on the Advance Planning Committee (2010-2011) and the Program Committee (2011-2012) for the Law and Society Association Meeting in Honolulu, and currently a member of the Graduate Student Workshop Committee for the LSA Meeting in New Orleans (2016).
Chih-Chieh (Carol) Lin
Professor Lin is Associate Professor, Associate Dean, and Director of Institute of Technology Law at National Chiao Tung University School of Law.
Prof. Lin’s scholarship and teaching focus on criminal law, white-collar crime, and feminist legal theories. Her first book “Reconstructing Economic Justice in Criminal Law” was published in Aug, 2014. Her second book “Reconstructing Gender Justice in Criminal Law” was published in April, 2015. Her research is highly recognized by local and international legal society, and has been cited on many occasions by Taiwan’s courts and prosecutors. She was appointed by Ministry of Justice as the member of Law Reform Advisory Committee. Prof. Lin has been invited to teach the courses including Introduction to the U.S. Law, Financial Crime, and Gender Law in Taiwan’s Judge and Prosecutor Academy. In 2011, Prof. Lin was awarded the Fulbright Senior Research Grants Fellow. She was also award as Distinguished Teacher and Best Teaching Professor by Taiwan’s Ministry of Education.
Prof. Lin has been active in the Law and Society Association in the US. She is the member of Collaborative Research Network 33 in East Asian Law and Society, which is now the largest Collaborative Research Network in the Law and Society Association. She has also served the planning committee member of East Asian Law and Society Conference.
Professor Lin obtained her S.J.D and LL.M. Degrees from Duke University School of Law, USA. Her Taiwan’s bachelor and master law degrees are both from National Taiwan University. Prior to coming to National Chiao Tung University, Prof. Lin had been an adjunct instructor in Duke University School of Law, the associate editor-in-chief of Taiwan’s Law Review, and the attorney of law in Yuan Dao Law Firm.
Sida Liu, University of Wisconsin
Sida Liu is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Faculty Fellow at the American Bar Foundation. He received his LL.B. degree from Peking University Law School and his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. He has served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Sociology of Law, Trustee of the Law & Society Association, and editorial board member of Law & Social Inquiry and Asian Journal of Law and Society. Professor Liu has conducted extensive empirical research on China’s legal reform and legal profession and published articles in the American Journal of Sociology, Sociological Theory, Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, Law & Policy, Symbolic Interaction, Wisconsin Law Review, Fordham Law Review, China Quarterly, Annual Review of Law and Social Science, as well as in leading law and social science journals in China. He is the author of two books in Chinese: The Lost Polis: Transformation of the Legal Profession in Contemporary China (Peking University Press, 2008) and The Logic of Fragmentation: An Ecological Analysis of the Chinese Legal Services Market (Shanghai Joint Publishing Co., 2011). His new book with Terence C. Halliday, Criminal Defense in China: The Politics of Lawyers at Work, will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.
Mami Ohkawara, Takasaki City U of Economics
Eri Osaka, Toyo University
Eri Osaka is a Professor of Law at Toyo University, Tokyo, Japan, where she teaches Environmental Law, Torts, and Contracts. She joined the University of Pennsylvania Law School S.J.D. program in 2015. She is a 2000 graduate from Penn Law LL.M. program under the Fulbright Graduate Student Program, and also holds a B.A. and an M.A in Law from Waseda University, Japan. Her research interests lie in the legal response to mass toxic torts including environmental pollution and asbestos disaster. Since the Fukushima Nuclear Accident, she has been studying the legal issues on the victim compensation and recovery. Her representative publications include: Environmental and Worker Safety Law in Japan: Recent Changes, the Impact of Reform Laws and Movements, and the Prospects for the Future, THE JAPANESE LEGAL SYSTEM: AN ERA OF TRANSITION (Tom Ginsberg and Harry N. Sheiber, eds. 2012); Corporate Liability, Government Liability, and the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, 21 PACIFIC RIM L. & POL’Y J. 433 (2012); and Reevaluating the Role of the Tort Liability System in Japan, 26 ARIZ. J. OF INT’L & COMP. L. 393 (2009).
Shozo Ota, University of Tokyo
Professor of Law
Graduate Schools for Law & Politics
The University of Tokyo
PROFESSOR OTA Shozo (太田勝造) is Professor of Law at the Graduate Schools for Law & Politics, The University of Tokyo (UTokyo).
His main fields of research include Law & Social Science, Law & Economics, Law & Negotiation, ADR, Civil Procedure, and AI & Law, and has published widely in these fields. His recent publications are as follows: Saiban-in Seido as Perceived by the Japanese People (co-authored with Profs. MATSUMURA Yoshiyuki and KINOSHITA Manako, Keiso-shobo, 2015), Lawyer Images of the Japanese People (Shoji-homu, 2011), "Fact-finding in Court and Statistical Decision Theory," in TAKAHASHI et al. (eds.) Contemporary Missions of Civil Justice System (Yuhikaku, 2015), "Popular Foundation of the Legitimacy of Law Making," in OMURA (ed.) Vehicles for Development in Law (Iwanami, 2015), "Lawyers Evaluate Lawyer Performances: Measuring the Quality of Civil Legal Practice," 9 UTokyo Law Review 132 (2014), etc.
He is one of the founders of Japan Law & Economic Association (JLEA), Japan Association of Access to Justice (JAAJ), Japan Association of the Law of Arbitration, Alternative Dispute Resolution (JAAADR), and Asian Law & Society Association (ALSA). He is the board member of Japan Association of Sociology of Law (JASL), JLEA, JAAJ, and JAAADR. He is the member of Law & Society Association (LSA) and Research Committee of Sociology of Law (RCSL).
He graduated from the Faculty of Law (BA) and the Graduate Schools for Law & Politics (MA) of UTokyo in 1980 and 1982 respectively. He was Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Law, UTokyo (1982-1984), Associate Professor of Civil Procedure at the School of Law, Nagoya University (1984-1991), Associate Professor of Law & Social Science (1991-1997) and Professor of Law at UTokyo (1997-). He studied as a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley (1986-1987) and the Columbia Law School (CLS) (1987-1988). He taught at the University of Michigan School of Law (MLS) as the Visiting Professor of Japanese Law (1997-1998). He often teaches at CLS and MLS.
Carole Silver, Northwestern University
Carole Silver is Professor of Global Law & Practice at Northwestern University Law School. Her scholarship investigates the influence of globalization on the work and structure of law firms, on legal education and on regulation of the profession. She has taught a variety of courses including Globalization and the Legal Profession, The Legal Profession (1st year course), Business Associations, Law & Globalization: Business Law and Lawyering, Securities Regulation, International Securities Regulation, and Conflicts of Law.
She was Professor of Law at Indiana University, Maurer School of Law from 2010-2013; at the same time, she was Director of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement, which surveys law students in the United States, Canada and Australia about their educational experiences, behaviors and attitudes towards law school. Before joining Indiana, she was Executive Director of the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession and Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, and Senior Lecturer at Northwestern University Law School. Earlier, she practiced corporate and securities law at Sidley & Austin, and clerked for Judge Jesse Eschbach of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Frank Upham, New York University
Frank Upham teaches Property, Law and Development, and courses on comparative law and society with an emphasis on East Asia and the developing world. His scholarship focuses on comparative property and land law and law and society in Japan and China. His book Law and Social Change in Postwar Japan received the Thomas J. Wilson Prize from Harvard University Press. Recent scholarship includes “Who Will Find the Defendant If He Stays with His Sheep? Justice in Rural China,” “From Demsetz to Deng: Speculations on the Implications of Chinese Growth for Law and Development Theory,” and “Resistible Force Meets Malleable Object: The Story of the ‘Introduction’ of Norms of Gender Equality into Japanese Employment Practice.” Upham has spent time at various institutions in Asia and works in Japanese and Chinese. Current research interests include the relationship between employment law and low birth rates in Japan, the role of the judiciary in economic transformation in 19th- and early-20th-century Japan, and the role of property rights in economic growth from the English Enclosure movement to contemporary Cambodia. Upham graduated from Princeton University in 1967 and Harvard Law School in 1974 and worked as a journalist in Asia and as an assistant attorney general in Massachusetts before entering academia. Prior to moving to NYU School of Law in 1994, he taught at Ohio State, Harvard, and Boston College law schools.
Hsiao-Tan Wang, National ChengChi University
Matthew Wilson, University of Akron
Matthew Wilson currently serves as the Dean at The University of Akron School of Law (Ohio, USA). From 2009-14, he served as a professor and Associate Dean at the University of Wyoming College of Law. During this time, he concurrently served as an international scholar at Kyung Hee University Law School (Seoul). In 2003, Dean Wilson began his academic career at Temple University Japan Campus (Tokyo) serving first as its Law Program Director and Associate Professor of Law, and then as its General Counsel and Senior Associate Dean. In these capacities, Dean Wilson oversaw academic, administrative, and legal matters related to all undergraduate, graduate, professional, and non-degree programs. In an academic context, Dean Wilson has emphasized international programs while serving as a bridge between the U.S. and Asia.
Dean Wilson has 25 years of international experience in legal, business, and education settings in the U.S., Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and Saipan. He specializes in Japanese law, international business law, international dispute resolution, intellectual property law, commercial litigation, and Asian comparative law. His publications include articles and books in both English and Japanese regarding jury trials, trial advocacy, cross-border litigation, intellectual property, and comparative law among other things. He regularly speaks around the world on international topics, and has appeared on radio and television in South Korea, Japan, Australia, and the U.S. He has been actively engaged in CRN33, LSA, and the creation of the East Asian Law & Society section of the AALS.